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Adorned with antiques and nestled in the heart of Old San Juan, historic Hotel El Convento was formerly a convent. This boutique hotel dates back to 1651, and faces the San Juan Cathedral. It’s also just two blocks from La Fortaleza, which is now the governor’s mansion.

Dressed in brightly hued bougainvillea, the rooftop sundeck boasts a plunge pool, whirlpool spa tub, and remarkable vistas of Old San Juan. A spacious interior courtyard provides respite under a 350-year-old Nispero tree.

Handcrafted antique-style furniture graces each of the 58 guestrooms. Non-smoking guests will appreciate that the entire hotel is non-smoking. Amenities include complimentary in room high-speed wireless Internet access, 32-inch LCD TVs, and Bose CD-player sound systems.

Select from three distinct restaurants: Patio del Nispero (gourmet ambiance), Pizza E Birra (modern Italian), and El Picoteo (authentic Spanish tapas).